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German auto supplier Robert Bosch GmbH has been silent about its role in Volkswagen diesel emissions cheating, but may be settling a lawsuit for more than $300 million with U.S. owners.
The disclosure comes from a reportedly informed confidential source, as the outcome of a 2015 suit by VW owners claiming it helped design VW’s “defeat device” software used to inaccurately meet U.S. emissions rules. The company was a “knowing and active participant” in Volkswagen’s fraud, the lawsuit claimed. Bosch has dismissed the claims as being “wild and unfounded.”
A Bosch spokesman declined to comment on the settlement.
The prosecutor’s office is still investigating Bosch for the role it played in the emissions fraud, a spokesman said. The office is pursuing an investigation against “unnamed persons,” according to Reuters.
U.S. prosecutors in the U.S. Justice Department have been investigating whether Bosch conspired with Volkswagen to engineer diesel cars that would cheat U.S. emissions testing, according to two people familiar with the matter. That was reported by Bloomberg in September.
Reuters reported in 2015 that the Justice Department was also investigating Bosch’s involvement in the diesel emissions cheating scandal.
In April, Bosch said it had set aside 650 million euros ($677 million) for potential legal costs.
VW has a much larger reserve to keep. To date, the automaker has agreed to spend up to $16.5 billion to close the scandal, including payments to dealers, states, zero emissions vehicle programs, and attorneys representing owners. That total may increase as VW soon settles a deal on buybacks or fixes for another 80,000 polluting U.S. diesel 3.0 liter Porsche, Audi and VW vehicles.
This article first appeared on hybridcars.com